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LGH ready to open $2.5M vascular unit

By , - Last modified: November 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Lancaster General Health on Monday will open a $2.5 million interventional vascular unit at its hospital, a spokeswoman said.

The unit, on the first floor of the hospital at 55 N. Duke St., has 14 outpatient areas, several physician consult rooms, an image-viewing room and three procedure rooms, according to a news release. Two of the procedure rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art fluoroscopic technology, the release stated.

LGH hired 14 employees to staff the unit, spokeswoman Jill Gross said.

Dr. John Briguglio, an interventional radiologist with Lancaster Radiology Associates, and Dr. Steven Woratyla, a vascular surgeon with Surgical Specialists of Lancaster, are the unit's medical directors, according to the release.

The unit has vascular surgeons, radiologists and cardiologists working together.

"Potentially, a patient may need to be seen by all three specialists. This unique approach to vascular care meets all the patient's needs in one location and eliminates transporting the patient to various areas of the hospital," Woratyla said in a statement.

Previously, vascular procedures were done in the radiology department and pre- and post-procedural care in the medical outpatient unit, Gross said.

The patient population with vascular conditions is expected to grow as area residents' age, and LGH wanted to improve its approach to patient care, Gross said.

Nebraska-based HDR Inc. was the architect and Benchmark Construction Co. Inc. in West Earl Township, Lancaster County, was the general contractor.

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